SUR­VIVORS STEP­PING FOR­WARD

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

THIS six-part doc­u­men­tary opens each episode with a le­gal dis­claimer from dis­graced R&B star R. Kelly, who has de­nied all al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual vi­o­lence, as­sault and abuse made within. But with 10 sur­vivor sto­ries and over 52 in­ter­views, the viewer is over­whelmed by the moun­tain­ous case against the singer of hits in­clud­ing IBelieveIC­anFly and Ig­ni­tion. The pro­duc­tion it­self is kept sim­ple, with all the power in the tes­ti­monies of the women who al­lege they were as­saulted or un­der­age in­clud­ing Michael Jack­son, Whit­ney Hous­ton, Ce­line Dion, Snoop Dogg, John Leg­end and Lady Gaga, who re­cently apol­o­gised for ever as­so­ci­at­ing with the singer. As a sex­ual as­sault vic­tim her­self, she re­leased a lengthy state­ment stand­ing with the women who have made claims against Kelly. In Kelly’s de­fence, his broth­ers Carey and Bruce (record­ing his in­ter­views from prison) re­veal de­tails of a child­hood that in­cluded poverty and mo­lesta­tion.

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